Seniors News

Federal Budget 2014 Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:46

The Budget, just delivered, contains only bad news for seniors and pensioners.

A contribution of $7  per visit to the doctor or for blood tests or X-rays will apply.

This fee will be excised after 10 visits in one year.

 

For a couple it means 10 visits each.

This will come into effect on 1 July 2015.

Medicare Levy increases from 1.5% to 2%.

State League Championships Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 11:44

Petanque Results

 

Results of NSW Sate League Singles Championships

B Division   Men      Winner:  Neil Kelly

C Division   Men      Runner up:  Roland Edouard

A Division   Ladies   Runner up: Lillian Caruana

                                Semi Finalist:  Jackie Kelly

B Division   Ladies   Runner up:     Danielle Marchand

Congratulations to our players for these wonderful results.

Skype to connect with family Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 13:59
SKYPE your family for free

SKYPE your family for free is a cheap way to connect with everybody anywhere in the world.
Skype is a free tool that means anyone with a computer and a broadband internet connection can make video calls to other Skype users anywhere.
Skype is free to download and use.
Visit www.skype.com and get started.

WORK BONUS Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 13:38
A new Work Bonus

A new Work Bonus  has come into operation since 1 July 2011.

 It means that pensioners can now earn $250 each fortnight without this affecting their pension. If you do not earn anything or you earn less than $250 the unused amount accrues as the Work Bonus balance.
In other words you can earn up to $6500  in one year without it affecting your pension.

As an example Mary earns $200 each fortnight, she keeps her pension intact plus $50 is accrued  in her Work Bonus balance. At some stage she earns say, $600 in a oncer job she sitll has money in her work balance to offset this extra earning.

You still need to inform Centrelink when you earn any income during the financial year.
The Work Bonus is an incentive and cannot be cashed out.
For extra information call the Centrelink Seniors Line on 132300.

Pensioners pension boost Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 12:02

Pensioners will get a pension boost

Pensioners will  get a pension boost from July 2012. !!!!!!!!!!!
The federal government will boost the pension for single pensioners by $500 a year and for married pensioners by $760 per couple.

This is above and beyond the twice-yearly boost to pensions in March and September due to inflation.

This will offset  up the increase in prices after the implementation of Climate Change legislation.

Stay warm and save too Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:34

As winter approaches

As winter approaches we are looking for ways to keep warm without heating up our power bills. Here are some tips:
Keep your heater's thermostat set  between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius
Use thick curtains to stop heat loss on winter evenings but during the day let the sunshine stream through windows
Close off any rooms that don't need heating
If shopping for a new heater  an efficient natural gas heater is the best
Avoid using the clothes dryer
Source: The Senior News May 2011

Funeral Premiums add up Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:25

Pensioners have been warned

Pensioners have been warned to do their research before taking out funeral insurance. Figures show some are paying more than $100,000 in premiums over several decades .Combined Pensioners Association policy officer, Antoine Mangion, said a more affordable model would be to opt for a pre-paid funeral, funeral bond or savings.
Source: The Senior News May 2011

Retirement Villages Friday, February 25, 2011 - 23:00

Retirees should carefully consider the transport options available to them before moving to retirement villages.

Many railway stations are only accessible by long staircases and stairways.

Older people, at some stage, will not be able to drive any more and therefore will rely on buses and trains.

 
Tips & Suggestions

Make sure that the retirement village has a courtesy bus service to take you shopping or on social trips.

Are there facilities such as swimming pool, library, arts and craft area, leisure centres?

Is the village close to a major shopping centre?

Are the apartments wired for internet access?

Is there an emergency call service?

 

Extra Funding in NSW Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 23:13

 Disability Services Minister, Peter Primrose has announced a pledge of $2 billion in extra funding for disability services in NSW over the next 5 years.

The Leader of the Opposition, Barry O’Farrell has said that he would honour this funding commitment if elected. 

 

● $203.4 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $48.3 million over 2009-10) to fund 401 new supported accommodation places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 there will be an additional 1,370 places, with costs over the five years totalling $590 million

● $26.2 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.9 million over 2009-10) to prevent young people entering nursing homes, improve the circumstances of younger people in nursing homes and develop alternative models of support for young people living in nursing homes. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 $80 million will be have been spent

● $6 million in 2010-11 to provide alternative accommodation support for people with a disability located in Boarding Houses;

● $71 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $13.3 million over 2009-10) to increase support from three days a week to four days a week (and five days for people with very high support needs) for people with a significant disability who leave school but are unable to enter the workforce. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11, an estimated 6,240 people will be supported via the Agency’s post school programs at a cost of $235.3 million

● $42.4 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $4.8 million over 2009-10) for an additional 103 attendant care (intensive in-home support) places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 612 places will be provided at a cost of $120.1 million

● $11 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.7 million over 2009-10) to provide intensive support packages for children and young people and their families. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 1,840 packages will be provided at a cost of $31.2 million

● $14.2 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.3 million over 2009-10) for additional therapy places. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 therapy places will increase by 2,880 at a cost of $40.6 million

● $34.3 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $2.4 million over 2009-10) to provide 159 new flexible respite packages. Over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 an additional 2,243 packages will be provided at a cost of $110.7 million

● $11 million in 2010-11 (an increase of $1.2 million over 2009-10) for day program places. An additional 780 places will be provided over the period 2006-07 to 2010-11 at a cost of $33.3 million

● $5 million over four years ($1.5 million in 2010-11) to provide intensive assistance for 410 children and their families with managing problem behaviours, both at home and at school

● $585.8 million in 2010/11 (an increase of $48.1 million over 2009-10) for HACC services which include domestic assistance, social support, meals, transport, case management and respite

● $2 million in 2010/11 (an increase of $2.0 million over 2009-10) for additional support and early intervention for autism.

Productivity Commission Announcement Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 22:49

The SENIOR newspaper announces that the Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to funding for aged care. 

  • Allow pensioners to buy a CPI-indexed government bond on the sale of their house to cover the cost of aged care. 
  • Create an Australian Seniors Gateway Agency to assess people for care services according to assessed need.
  • Implement building  design  standards to meet the needs of older people with functional limitations.
  • Remove the distinction between low and high care.
  • Require residential aged care facilities to set accommodation charges consistent with the cost of supply.
     

Council on the Ageing national chief executive Ian Yates said the proposal for a government-backed
equity release scheme was a positive step.